Emily Anderson

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  1. Variegated Japanese knotweed

    I agree with Katie's interpretation, still illegal. Although I would note that from experience cultivars may not be as aggressive (still not a reason to plant them). WRISC dealt with a small dwarf knotweed population in 2014, Fallopia japonica var compacta. Only knotweed population to kick the bucket with one herbicide treatment.
  2. WRISC hasn't done much directly with oak wilt since one of our Partners, the Dickinson Conservation District, is currently the lead on a large MISGP funded oak wilt project. We pretty much pass inquiries on to them. For more info, contact the district forester AJ Campbell at 906-774-1550x100 or aj.campbell@mi.nacdnet.net.
  3. Backpack sprayer alternative brands

    WRISC has had good experiences with Field King backpack sprayers. They aren't much more expensive than solo sprayers, come with much better shoulder straps (with chest and waist straps) and have viton seals which hold up better to herbicides like garlon 4. You can find them on amazon or from Forestry Suppliers. Similar to Katie, this is not an endorsement, just sharing our experience.
  4. Tracking Treatment Forms

    Here's is WRISC's treatment form. WRISC Control Treatment Form 2016.docx
  5. Parcel Identification

    Do you mean property parcels or invasive populations?
  6. CISMA Database Creation

    WRISC is also in this same phase! We just created a QGIS "database" that we are using this year. Right now it's just a few shapefiles, but we are learning a lot and will be working more on it after the field season. We have a point shapefile populated with MISIN data which we added additional attributes to including: Landowner, Landowner contact info, Permission (ie. has the landowner given us treatment permission, is it pending, etc), Treated, First Year treated, Last year treated, Treatment method, Status (this allows us to easily sort it in GIS by locations we plan to treat, need to contact landowners, have treated, etc.). For treatment details we have a separate polygon shapefile. Each time we do a treatment we draw the treatment area as a polygon and then enter the details. We plan on keeping a separate shapefile for each treatment year. We don't currently have a system for tracking survey efforts since that can run the gambit from hundreds of miles of road surveys to individual properties or infestations. If you want to talk more email me at wildriverscwma@gmail.com, but I might not have much time until after the field season.
  7. Overview of GIS options for invasives management

    Looks great Brian! I particularly like the list of free GIS data sources to create maps.
  8. QGIS - Free GIS software

    WRISC just came out with some extra QGIS instructions for those that are interested in using this software. The attached handout has some general instructions/guidance as well as instructions for our summer staff on data entry with QGIS. While the later portions are specific to WRISC's data management and files, they may still be useful to other groups looking for similar ways to manage invasive location and treatment data. WRISC QGIS Instructions 2016.pdf
  9. Finding / mapping / treating MISIN sites

    Kip, I know the struggle. Finding, contacting, and securing landowner permissions is the most time intensive part of WRISC's treatment work. Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do to speed that up. When WRISC has to discover ownership of an invasive population it usually involves a combination of site visits (particularly if the site was reported a long time ago and the information isn't correct), phone calls, emails, plat books, GIS sites, etc. Often when invasives are first reported to MISIN the land ownership is unknown to begin with, and it isn't until a CISMA comes along to do treatments that anyone is collecting that data. I will say though, counties with GIS landowner information make things MUCH easier. Not only can you see where the property lines are, but we've had a couple instances of Japanese Knotweed spreading in urban areas, and with GIS landowner information we send letters out to entire blocks looking for who has it on their property and offering help with treatment.
  10. Job: WRISC Invasive Species Tech

    The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) is currently accepting applications for multiple seasonal invasive species technicians for 2016 to conduct various invasive species activities, including education, outreach, mapping, and control work. The positions will be funded by multiple grants and be hired through the Dickinson Conservation District (the WRISC fiscal agent). Workers will operate out of the Dickinson Conservation District office in Kingsford, MI, but conduct work duties across the five county area using District vehicles. Application Deadline: March 18, 2016 For more details and application instructions go to http://www.wrisc.org/job-postings-2
  11. The California Invasive Plant Council recently released a Best Management Practices for Wildland Stewardship manual that presents ways land managers can protect wildlife when using herbicides to control invasive plants. This may be useful for folks conducting herbicide treatments. Particularly interesting to me is the toxicology information on commonly used herbicides in natural areas, pages 24-32. http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management/BMPs/BMPHerbicide.pdf
  12. QGIS - Free GIS software

    QGIS has been a hot topic lately, so let's use this area to share information about it! As some of you know, WRISC has been using QGIS quite a bit over the last year. This winter we will be creating some more detailed instructions on how we want our summer staff to use QGIS in data entry, but until then please enjoy this handout we made on QGIS and other free software for mapping. http://www.wrisc.org/2015%20Documents/Documents/FREE%20Software%20Handout.pdf